10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Mosca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Park Point, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool .

Denver to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in August, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
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Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mosca itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Mosca takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August; daily highs in Mosca reach 80°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online trip builder .

Drive from Mosca to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Mosca in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Adventure
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Traveling by bus from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): shop like a local with Steamboat Art Company, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online travel route builder .

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in August, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Art Company ©
Steamboat Art Company

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On the next day, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 89°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver route maker site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Coors Brewery, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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